Chandrababu Sets April 2 For Cabinet Reshuffle

TDP’s 2019 election cabinet to be led by Lokesh

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Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had finally zeroed in on having his Cabinet reshuffle on April 2. Though it was initially planned to have the reshuffle either on April 6 or 9, Chandrababu Naidu had finally advanced the date and fixed it for April 2. The new Ministers would take oath in the new Assembly complex area at Velagapudi with Governor E S L Narasimhan flying down from Hyderabad.

Chandrababu Naidu’s son and TDP’s national general secretary Nara Lokesh, who was elected as MLC recently and tipped for a Cabinet Minister is set to be projected as the leader of the Cabinet that would take the TDP for the 2019 general elections. Sources in the TDP say that Lokesh would have an important portfolio that would give him a chance to have control over both the rural and urban populations.

The other sure member to enter the Cabinet is Bhuma Akhila Priya, who had defected to the TDP from YSR Congress along with her father late Bhuma Nagi Reddy. Besides the defectors, another sure name to enter the cabinet is the president of the TDP in the State, K Kalavenkata Rao.

The possible names that would be shown the exit door included that of K Mrinalini, Peethala Sujatha, Ravela Kishore Babu, Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy and Kollu Ravindra. Rumors are also doing rounds about the change of deputy chief minister N Chinarajappa who is tipped for the party’s AP unit president in the place of Kalavenkata Rao. Similarly, Minister for Urban Development P Narayana is also said to be dropped from the Cabinet and would be made chairman of the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), which is now headed by Chief Minister himself.

Besides inclusions and deletions, the Chief Minister is planning to make changes to the portfolios of some of the Ministers with whose performance he is not happy.

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Naidu Settles Dissidence, Dhulipalla To Be AP TDP Chief

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Amaravati: The widespread dissidence in the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over the Cabinet reshuffle is slowly settling down. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had taken serious note of the dissidence and had reportedly played his cards to calm down the sulking and protesting leaders.

According to the sources, the Chief Minister had decided on making senior leader Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar as the party AP president, the post held by K Kalavenkata Rao, who is now inducted into the Cabinet. The Chief Minister had already appointed Palle Raghunadha Reddy as the party chief whip replacing Kaluva Srinivasulu, who was taken into the new Cabinet. He had sent senior leaders to the sulking Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy who was dropped from the Cabinet.

Besides offering some benefits to the seniors, the Chief Minister is learned to have taken others to task. He had reportedly warned Chintamaneni Prabhakar and Bonda Umamaheswara Rao of serious repercussions if they failed to toe the party line. He had reportedly gave them a list of allegations against these leaders in which they were saved by him. The other seniors like Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy, Kagita Venkatrao, Modugula Venugopala Reddy, Payyavula Kesav, P Ramasubba Reddy and B K Pardhasaradhi too were offered better treatment by the party and government. It is said that these leaders have expressed satisfaction over the offers promised by the Chief Minister.

Ravela Kishore Babu, who was dropped from the Cabinet is said to be holding consultations with his supporters and some SC leaders in the State. He is said to be planning to quit the TDP and join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati. It is said that he is holding consultatiosn with the Dalit groups in the State to take their views on his future course of action. Kishore Babu is planning to meet BSP chief soon, if he gets the support from the Dalit groups.

Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to hold his first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at the Interim Secretariat. Though the chambers for the new Ministers are not ready yet, he had asked the Ministers to be available in the capital area.

The Chief Minister is understood to have decided to keep his ministers busy for the next two years. He is banking more on the new Ministers C Adinarayana Reddy and N Amarnatha Reddy to strengthen the party in the Rayalaseema region, while Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and Kaluva Srinivasulu are picked up to counter the Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the Assembly.

 

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Fire Works In TDP As MLAs Seethe With Discontent

Amaravati: Two senior leaders of the ruling TDP were upset with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and offered to resign from the membership of the Assembly. While Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy was utterly unhappy for being dropped from the Cabinet unceremoniously, Butchaiah Chowdary was disheartened for not being nominated as a minister. Bojjala sent his resignation letter to CM and Speaker.

Bojjala has a special relationship with Naidu. He has been there with the party right from its inception. He won Assembly election for the first time in 1989. Since then he lost only once, in 2004 during YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s wave. He won five times.

Bojjala is the son-in-law of former minister Peddireddy Timma Reddy. When there was a revolt in the TDP against NTR, it was Bojjala who persuaded his brother-in-law Prabhakar Reddy to allow his hotel Viceroy as a hideout for the MLAs belonging to Naidu’s camp. He was travelling with Naidu in the same car that was ambushed by Naxalites in 2003 at Alipiri. Both Naidu and Bojjala had providential escape from the blast. It is a fact that Bojjala has been getting forgetful and unwell. He offered to quit about a year ago but was dissuaded by the CM. Dropping now along with tainted ministers like Peethala Sujatha and Ravela Kishore Babu has pained him and angered him. Naidu promised to field Bojjala’s son Sudheer Reddy as TDP candidates from Srikalahasti in the next elections.

Butchaiah also threatened to quit the Assembly. He submitted his resignation from the post of party general secretary. He sent a letter to Naidu to this effect. He questioned defectors being made ministers while ignoring senior leaders like him. NTR did not launch the party for this kind of politics, he commented. He said he had no enemies, he was criticising opposition members only as a policy of TDP and he does not need gunmen.

Gauthu Shyam Sundar Sivaji who is six-time MLA was pained at not becoming a minister. His daughter and the grand daughter of Gauthu Latchanna, Sireesha had asked Chief Minister Naidu to explain why her father was not a minister. She is the president of Srikakulam TDP.

Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, TDP MLA from Vijayawada, was thoroughly disappointed at not being taken into the Cabinet. After meeting Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Uma said an important leader in his party has come in the way and prevented him from becoming a minister.

Bonda Umamaheswara Rao has commented that it is not for the first time that Kapus are denied ministership. He said he would abide by Chief Minister’s guidance. He said TDP workers in 13 districts have felt bad for not making him a minister. The rumour is that Devineni Umamaheswara Rao stopped Bonda Uma from becoming a minister.

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AP Minister Quits As MLA After Babu Drops Him From Cabinet

Amaravati: Senior TDP leader B.Gopalakrishna Reddy resigned from state Assembly after he was dropped from cabinet.

Gopalakrishna sent his resignation letter to Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao which include “While I believe I am moving for good reasons, I am sorry to leave….”..

AP cabinet reshuffle is a big one after TDP government formed on June 8th, 2014.

Gopalakrishna, who represents Sri Kalahsthi constituency, hails from CHittoor district and close friend of Naidu.

To accommodate Amarnath Reddy who joined TDP from YSRCP, Bojjala was given hand by CM which hurted Gopalakirshna as per sources.

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Chandrababu Packed His Cabinet With Aggressive Voices

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Amaravati: Having seen the failure of Ministers in countering the opposition aggressively during the last two and a half years, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had packed the Cabinet this time with more aggressive and assertive voices. So far the Chief Minister had just one voice of K Atchennaidu to attack the Opposition more aggressively. He is now backed by four more aggressive voices for the next half of the term to go.

The inclusion of Kaluva Srinivasulu, Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy, Nakka Ananda Babu and Pithani Satyanarayana from his own party and C Adinarayana Reddy and D Amaranadha Reddy from the YSR Congress had now made the Cabinet stronger and aggressive in countering the Opposition. Though senior leaders like K Kalavenkata Rao, are taken into the Cabinet, the Chief Minister is set to back on Srinivasulu, Chandramohan Reddy, Adinarayana Reddy, Amarnadha Reddy, besides Atchannaidu to counter Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly. While Srinvasulu, Chandramohan Reddy and Atchannaidu are set to be aggressive, Adinarayana Reddy and Amarnatha Reddy are likely to be used to counter Jagan Mohan Reddy from his personality angle as they were part of the YSR Congress till recently. In fact it was the same trick that Chandrababu Naidu had used in the just-concluded Assembly session by making Jyothula Nehru and Adinarayana Reddy to speak against Jagan Mohan Reddy when the Assembly adopted a resolution against the Leader of Opposition. The same would be continued in the Assembly sessions to be held in the next two years.

These aggressive voices would be an added advantage for the ruling party besides the sarcasm that Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu displays in attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly, which would now be the strength of the ruling party. Given these intentions, the Assembly sessions to be held hereafter would have more of fireworks than of meaningful debate.

Back home in the ruling party, the highest priority given to the YSR Congress legislators in the Cabinet reshuffle is causing tremors. Senior leader Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy, who was dropped from the Cabinet to accommodate the YSR Congress legislators had slapped his resignation letter in protest. Senior leaders Dhulipala Narendranath and Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary are upset for not accommodating them. They are expressing their displeasure over the denial of the Cabinet berth for them this time too as there are no chance of another reshuffle before the 2019 elections. In the north coastal districts, senior legislator Gowthu Samsundar Sivaji is fuming at the leadership for denying the Cabinet berth. He had been with the ruling party for many years and is a seventh time legislator. In Krishna district, Bonda Umamaheswara Rao is not happy with the party chief and is said to be thinking on changing his strategy. He had been very aggressive in criticizing the Leader of Opposition both inside and outside the Assembly since his election in 2014. Similarly, another woman legislator V Anitha, who was vociferous in attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy and R K Roja is unable to digest her non-inclusion in the Cabinet.

With growing dissent within the party, it is to be seen how Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu would handle the party and lead it to the 2019 elections.

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AP Cabinet Rejig: A Shameless, Listless Exercise, Violation Of Anti-Defection Law

Amaravati: The eleven ministers who were sworn in by Governor ESL Narasimhan have been picked up by Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu reportedly keeping in view 2019 election. The long awaited decision to induct Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh has been executed. Now Lokesh has to catch up with K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR), the rising son in neighbouring Telangana State.

There has been a criticism, valid to a great extent, that Kammas are dominating in the Cabinet and the other politically dominant community, Reddys, have not been given enough berths. Naidu has answered this criticism by taking four MLAs, three of them defectors, of this community from this community. Besides fulfilling the need to give representation to the community, the Chief Minister has also taken care to see that a Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is effectively checkmated in his own citadel of Pulivendula. Induction of Adinarayana Reddy, who defected from the YSRCP and who is representing Jammalamadugu, neighbouring constituency to Pulivendula, is noteworthy. There are unconfirmed reports that the CM is planning to get Pulivendula constituency bifurcated to fix Jagan. Akhilapriya, daughter of Bhuma Nagireddy who died of heart attack recently, was taken into the cabinet fulfilling a promise made to father and daughter at the time of their defection from YSRCP into the ruling TDP. The other two Reddys are Amarnath Reddy and Somireddy Chandra Mohan Reddy. In all, there are 16 ministers from general castes and ten from the Bahujans.

In all, four defectors were inducted. Governor Narasimhan who was criticised by Naidu for giving oath to Talasani Srinivasa Yadav as a minister in K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Cabinet in Telangana. It is remarkable that the Governor has been cheerful when he administered the oath to the defectors on Sunday morning.

The Muslims remain without representation in Naidu’s Cabinet. The tribal are not given an opportunity. No Brahmin or Kshatriya was picked up. There are six Kammas and four Reddys. Two Reddys, Bojjala Gopala Krishna Reddy and Palle Raghunatha Reddy, have been dropped to cap the number of Reddy ministers at four. Other ministers who have been dropped are Ravela Kishore Babu, Kimidi Mrinalini and Peethala Sujata. These were ministers by the grace of Naidu. They have no clout to stage a revolt. Bonda Uma and Anita who went out of the way to attack Jagan have not been rewarded.

The next elections cannot be influenced by the new or old ministers since they are not given any freedom to improve their image through independent decisions. They have to be dependent on the CM or Lokesh since he is going to be the most important minister after Naidu.

Lokesh has taken oath immediately after Kala Venkata Rao who is State president of the TDP. Seniors who were ministers earlier like Chandra Mohan Reddy and Pithani Satyanarayana had to wait for their turn after Lokesh. The changes effected today are pedestrian and there is no vision or philosophy or any moral message. It is amoral to induct defectors. It is against social justice to limit the number of representatives from the Bahujans who constitute 85 percent of the population. Two women were dropped and one was taken thus reducing their numbers. Ministers who have been facing allegations like Pathipati Pulla Rao, Narayana and Devineni Umamaheswara Rao have not been touched. Both Governor Narasimhan and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu have not covered themselves with glory by this questionable exercise. The anti-defection law has been violated shamelessly.

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AP Cabinet reshuffle after MLC elections

  • Seven may face axe; 13 new faces likely

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is having tough time in choosing his 2019 election cabinet. The internal squabbles in several districts, particularly in Kurnool, are giving sleepless nights to him. It is for this reason the Cabinet expansion is being delayed. Though the expansion was planned in the second week of February, the Chief Minister had deferred it to the first week of March. By that time the MLC elections would be over.

Polls to five MLC seats of Graduates and Teachers constituencies will be held this month. Winning them is important for the ruling Telugu Desam Party to keep its strength intact. TDP is facing a formidable challenge from the Left-sponsored teachers’ unions. Though the Opposition YSR Congress is also fighting the battle and the Congress too has jumped into the fray, the TDP is finding it hard to convince the teachers and the graduates as they are unhappy with the government compromising on the Special Category Status.

The Chief Minister has already asked the party leaders to keep their differences aside and work hard to wrest all the five MLC seats in the ensuing polls. A State-level workshop for the TDP leaders is being organized in Vijayawada to gear up the rank and file for the MLC polls.

Chandrababu Naidu, who has already made up his mind on the inclusion of his son and party’s national general secretary Nara Lokesh in the Cabinet, is undecided on the inclusion of two legislators, Bhuma Nagi Reddy from Kurnool district and Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao from Vizianagaram district.

There is widespread resistance from the party leaders to include them in the Cabinet. In Kurnool, the Gangula family had already left the party and joined the YSR Congress this week. The other influential Silpa family is issuing warnings to the TDP leaders against the inclusion of Bhuma family in the Cabinet.

Though the Chief Minister had held a series of meetings with the warring groups in Kurnool, they proved futile.  Similarly, the district in-charge minister K Atchennaidu too had failed to set the house in order. The Silpa brothers have also reportedly turned down the CM’s truce proposal to include Akhila Priya instead of Nagi Reddy. The big question before Chandrababu Naidu is whether to take Bhuma Nagi Reddy into the Cabinet and lose Silpa brothers or to go back on his promise of giving a Cabinet berth to Bhuma for the defection.

The situation is not so comfortable in the Vizianagaram district. There is a strong resistance from within the party for the inclusion of Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao in the Cabinet. The leaders, including MLCs, are opposing Sujaya Krishna’s induction. It is said that the silent man, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, is behind these leaders in opposing the elevation of Sujaya Krishna in the district.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister is said to have decided to drop at least seven ministers from his Cabinet and include 13 new faces in the reshuffle. According to rumours making the rounds, Chandrababu has made up his mind to drop Kimidi Mrinalini, Peetala Sujatha, Kollu Ravindra, Prathipati Pulla Rao, Ravela Kishore Babu, Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy and Palle Raghunadha Reddy. The Chief Minister is said to be unhappy with the performance of these ministers and want to have new faces to face the next elections.

According to sources, besides Lokesh, the new faces include Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao, Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao, Vangarapudi Anita, Gollapalli Surya Rao, Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao, Anagani Satyaprasad, Gottipati Ravi Kumar, Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy, Payyavula Kesav and MLC Mohmmad Ahmad Shariff.

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